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Smiley Creek 14th Annual Fly-in 2021

June 24 - June 27

Smiley Creek flightline. Photo: Dave Hulse

If planning to go this year please check for details in the forum Events and Destination / Smiley Creek 2021

The annual fly-in for GAOA members in Smiley Creek, Idaho.

The Airport

Smiley Creek airport, U87. Elevation 7200 ft., 4900 ft. length. Well maintained grass strip operated by the Idaho Dept. of Aviation.


There is a well maintained camp facility at the airport with several improved camp sites, and restrooms with showers. Most people prefer to pitch tents under the wing of their aircraft.

Smiley Creek Lodge

The lodge is within walking distance of the airport with a breakfast/lunch/dinner restaurant and convenience store. Their web site is smileycreeklodge.com.

Check out the videos of the surrounding area and landing and camping at Smiley Creek airport and the webcams:

Airplane camping at Smiley Creek
Landing at Smiley Creek Airstrip
Smiley Creek airport web cam
Stanley Idaho web cam

Read Arlo Reeves’ report from the 2017 fly-in.

Smiley Creek 2017. Photo: Jim Trudeau.
Redfish lake from the air
Redfish Lake, so named because of the once abundant Sockeye salmon run. Photo: Alan Negrin.
The smiling crowd at this year's Smiley Creek Glastar/Sportsman Fly-In. Join us next year for the 10th Annual! Photo: Ann Walker
The smiling crowd at the 2016 Smiley Creek Fly-In. Join us in 2017 for the 10th Annual! Photo: Ann Walker


June 24
June 27
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John Lake


Smiley Creek Airport and Lodge
16546 N Highway 75
Sawtooth City, ID 83340 United States
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  1. I will be attending the GAOA fly in at Smiley Creek. I will be driving as I am still working and cannot take a chance of being weathered in somewhere between Idaho and Oklahoma. I am looking forward to the day when that will no longer be a factor. I am wondering if any CFI GlaStar owners will be attending who would be willing to give me a few hours of dual instruction during that time. My GlaStar will be a tri-gear with the new Titan XIO-340, so whoever has an airplane closest to that configuration would be most valuable. However, I will take anything close. My current airplane is a Zenith CH-640. This is a 4 place, 180 HP, low wing aircraft. I am really excited to get to go for a ride as I have not flown in a GlaStar before. Please PM me if anyone is interested. BTW, I will bring my logbook and enough Benjamins to make it worthwhile.
    Thank You

  2. I may not be able to make it, waiting for a crucial part from glasair and they say no parts for 4 weeks!! I reserved a YURT at the smiley creek lodge, i am going to have to cancel if anyone wants it let me know and we can change the reservation otherwise i am go9ing to cancel and if i can come to the fly in i will camp.